Digital duo Smosh has premiered the first episode of a new scripted comedy series on YouTube.
Part Timers premiered on Jan. 11, and stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, the two pals behind the Smosh brand. They star as two of the misfit employees of Pork E. Pine’s, a once-popular pizzeria and arcade (a parody of the popular Chuck E. Cheese franchise), where the young employees seek to pass the time and good off as they attempt to run out the clock.
The series was produced by Defy Media, with an additional investment from YouTube. Defy has also partnered with razor company Schick Hydro as the series’ official brand partner. No one from Defy was available at press time to provide more details on the deal.
Smosh is one of the most powerful and popular brands on YouTube — and one of the best paid. Together, they brought in $8.5 million for 2015 and tied with another duo, the Fine Bros, for the second-highest paid YouTubers in a recent ranking published by Forbesmagazine. The duo has amassed 35 million YouTube subscribers and 17 million monthly views across their numerous channels.
Padilla and Hecox also starred in last year’s feature-length, direct-to-consumer film Smosh: The Movie, which debuted in the top spot on the iTunes comedy chart the week of its release in August 2015. The two are also the first digital stars to have been replicated and displayed in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in San Francisco.
No additional details were provided on Part Timers.